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Well, I have to say, this has been one of the busiest holiday times I've had in a lot of years! [info]yagkyas was just as big as last year, coordinating about 40 new Generation Kill stories through the challege. I was so delighted to receive The Right Time, a wonderful Rudy/Pappy story by [livejournal.com profile] demonic_fish. There's just not enough Rudy/Pappy in the world, and it makes me so happy that this exists!

For [info]yagkyas, I wrote two stories: first, the Haven/Generation Kill crossover Family Confidence which posits Nate Fick as Nathan Wuornos' cousin (not that kind of cousin). Honestly, I wish it could have been more fleshed out, but I'm very glad it exists and it was fun to try and figure out.

Second, I wrote Not Only the Living, a Battlestar Galactica-Generation Kill fusion that makes Bravo Two the Colonial Marines on Galactica in the show. I was ecstatic to be able to write this--I'd wanted to do a BSG fusion for a long time, and to be able to do it for [info]yagkyas was the icing on the cake. I think it should make sense to folks who aren't too familiar with BSG--just think of Bravo Two as Space Marines--but I'm also proud, because I think it was a solid fusion that showed the potential of mashing the two fandoms together.

Because I'm ridiculous, I also modded the [info]dresdenficathon, the first time that challenge had been run since 2008. Dresden Fandom poses some interesting challenges--namely, it's not really a cohesive fandom in the least--but we got 18 awesome new stories out of it, which I encourage you to check out. I didn't receive a story for [info]dresdenficathon, but I did write two stories, both about Harry Dresden and Harry Raith. The first is Trade in Kind, which is about Thomas' proclivities not being as put-upon as the books suggest (or as Harry thinks); and Facing Down, about Thomas and Harry and the stupid things Morgan le Fay's sons do. It's been fun writing Dresden--I haven't written much, so this was a great opportunity to be more active in the fandom.

I did the Inception [info]dream_holiday exchange as well, writing To Continually Descend, a Penrose steps PWP featuring Arthur and Eames, which was cute, and a lot of fun. I received Of Postcards and Love Notes, which was a beautiful multimedia story about the correspondence between Arthur and Eames over the course of their relationship. It's just lovely. <3

Also, earlier this month, I did a couple of pinch hits for [info]happy_trekmas. First, Countermeasures, a Star Trek XI story with Jim Kirk and Bones McCoy and the challenges of the holidays. I also wrote The Vertical Expression of a Horizontal Desire, a Star Trek Voyager Paris/Kim story where Tom takes Harry dancing. That was a lot of fun to write--I hadn't thought about Voyager in years.

And then there was Yuletide. I contributed 6 stories to the main Yuletide challenge this year, which I will enumerate after the new year. I was so lucky to receive two stories this year, both of them for Haven. The first, Two Men, One Woman and a Christmas Tree, is adorable and hilarious, and the second, Proverbial Trees, is wonderfully slow and nuanced with an amazing Nathan perspective. Thank you, Yuletide santas. <3

And now, well. I'm going to watch 24/7 Flyers-Rangers and try to muddle through the last few days of the year. I think I'm going to go see the Portland Winterhawks play for New Year's Eve, and I'm pretty excited for the Winter Classic on Monday. (Have I mentioned I love hockey? I love hockey. Hockeyyyyyyyy.) Mostly, though, I just want to sleep--maybe even until the new year. <3, everyone, especially [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold, my co-mod for [info]yagkyas this year, and to everyone who helped me get through the last month. It's been a trip.
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[info]yagkyas stories are live! We should have the master list up soon, to make it easier for folks to find the stories that were written for them. 39 new Generation Kill stories, be still be heart! While I never want to see another fic header again, and my holiday challenge season is far from over, I'm very pleased with the excitement and response over [info]yagkyas this year. You never know, when you start these challenges, how the fandom will react; in the case of Generation Kill fandom, there's such a sense of support and stewardship that it makes it a pleasure to run. Thank you to everyone who's participated--you're what keeps [info]yagkyas going!

I received Rudy/Pappy this year, which you may all remember is my favorite thing ever in the world. The Right Time hits all my narrative kinks and I love it to pieces. Go give it some love too! Rudy/Pappy should be shown all the love it deserves. Thank you [info]yagkyas santa!

While we put the finishing touches on the challenge this year, I wanted to point you all to a really fantastic series of posts by Matthew Phelps, a Marine Officer who came out after DADT was repealed and has been chronicaling his experiences. He's a talented writer, at least with this subject matter, and his series on taking a date to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball this year was phenomenal. Part One, Two, Three, and Four. Highly reccomended.

Now on to the [info]dresdenficathon and then, [info]yuletide!
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I have two secret santa letters that are woefully overdue. I apologise, people who received me! The life-work balance hasn't been so great, as of late, but I am striving to do better. So, belatedly but with great affection, here's my letters to the recipients of my YAGKYAS and Dresden Ficathon assignments. Thank you to everyone who has signed up for participating in the challenges this year! It means a lot to me as a mod to have so many folks choose to spend their time writing for these challenges.

Dresden Ficathon:

First of all, <3 for signing up for this challenge. I hope you enjoy it, and that it's a fun way to spur on some writing over the next couple of months. I'd be happy with anything--gen, featuring any of the characters I listed, or slash with Harry and John. I'd love a crossover (or a fusion!) with Haven, though you shouldn't feel any pressure to go there. During the holiday season, I gravitate much more towards mellow and happy fic. Angst doesn't comfort me, though if that's where your writing takes you, don't be afraid to go there! Drama is good too. I like humour, and porn, especially porn where the participants are laughing, but I'd be just as happy with a PG rated story as a more explicit one.

I guess what I'm saying, O Delightful Fanperson, is that I want to read the story that you best want to write, and you should feel free to take the liberties you need to accomplish that story. Have fun. Don't stress out! I'm going to love what you do, especially if you love what you do.

<3!

YAGKYAS:

You rock for taking this challenge on! Thank you for participating. See above for all my words about writing to your strengths, what you're interested in, etc. I want to read the story you want to write! That being said, I love Rudy and Pappy, and especially Rudy/Pappy, and I would happily enjoy a gen or slash story that features them both prominently. I also chose Evan (Reporter) as a featured character because, in the forward to RL!Rudy's book, he was so damned fond of Rudy that it came out through the pages. I'd love to read a story that shows how Rudy and Evan kept in touch after the initial embed.

I prefer realism very, very strongly to fantasy in this fandom, but I would be happy with any rating from gen to explicit. If you go the slash route, I like curtainfic and romantic comedy more than the angst and the drama, but you should definitely go where your writing takes you. For the Hawaii 5-0 crossover, feel free to do it however you like--traditional crossover, fusion--but I'd prefer not an AU. I don't really want to see Rudy Reyes play Steve McGarrett, no matter that they both could scale thirty-story buildings with their belts and a stick of gum. I think it would be hilarious to see the Navy SEAL-Recon Marine jokes that could come out of these characters being in the same scene, but use your own best judgement.

In short, I love Rudy Reyes. I'd love it if you could tell me a story about him.

<3!




So, Yuletide has still not started up, which I guess is the usual--it always makes me nervous, though, as both a challenge moderator and challenge participant, when the window gets ever narrower on signup to deadline. I feel like you need at least two months to prepare, as a participant, and it seems like Yuletide has gone from three months to two months to six weeks, which is bizarre given the sheer number of participants.

Usually I pick up three or four pinch hits there, too, which is always fun (and manic--gear up, [personal profile] minim_calibre, this is the real reason iMessage was deployed). I'm also pinch hitting for happy_trekmas, which is a trip; I haven't written Star Trek in a couple of years now. And I'm doing dream_holiday, which I feel weirdly uneasy about despite still loving Inception from afar.

If [info]jamponygifts happens again this year, I will be fucking delighted. I want to write Dark Angel again, but I'm not sure I have any stories independent of a prompt for someone else.

I love challenges. They're so...challenging. (Leave me alone, it's far too late for me to be anything but recursive.) What challenges are folks doing this year?
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Dresden Ficathon 2011

Rules | FAQ


You're invited to participate in [info]dresdenficathon, an annual fanwork exchange for the Dresden Files fandom.

Important dates:

Signups start Monday, September 26th, and will run through Friday, October 14th at midnight US Pacific time.

Assignments will go out by Tuesday, October 18th.

The Secret Santa letter post will go up Tuesday, October 18th.

Fanworks are due on Friday, December 16th, at midnight US Pacific time.

Fanworks will be made public by [livejournal.com profile] dresden_mod on Wednesday, December 21st, and names will be revealed Wednesday, December 28th.

For more information, visit the rules and sign-up post!


(Because I don't have enough on my plate, obviously!)
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Yesterday, upon checking my friendslist, there were quite literally ten posts in a row linking to the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy trailer.

Allow me to be a gleeful lemming:



Oh, that's just going to be brilliant. For a John Le Carre novel set in the era of bad hair, anyway.

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You may not know this about me, but I am a rabid fan of The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. I've been reading them for years, originally on the reccomendation of [livejournal.com profile] katemonkey back when I lived in the UK. I actually vividly remember reading Proven Guilty in the British Museum, and not knowing any of the backstory but thinking it was a cracking good read--enough to get me through some of the less likeable aspects of the first three novels. Anyway, my sister and BIL fell into them a couple of years after I did, and we all obsessively read and re-read and listen to the audiobooks and talk, talk, talk. I would be shocked if a week went by where one of us didn't bring it up as an in-joke, or meta, or on a re-read.

Also, I get to gently scar my sister with thoughts of Dresden/Marcone, which is fun. As we were painting the house this past week, I'm pretty sure I rambled for thirty minutes straight about why Marcone is one of the greatest counterbalances to Dresden in the books despite his relativistic morality.

All this to say that I've become keen to the idea of hosting a Dresden Files ficathon this summer--[info]dresdenficathon last held one in 2008, and since then the fandom has grown. We have [community profile] dresden_kink! We have a fairly active fandom tag on the AO3! We have [info]mafiabanter!

So I'm hoping there's enough response to the poll I've put up at [info]dresdenficathon to get this off the ground. If it does, it will be very similar to the Generation Kill winter fic exchange, You Ain't Generation Kill You Ain't Shit [[info]yagkyas] except I'm not going to bother with anonymity. It's just too hard to manage.

Anyway. Please take the poll if you think you'd want to participate!

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I signed up for the Shousetsu Big Bang [[info]bb_shousetsu], which is an original gay fiction webzine that [livejournal.com profile] neomeruru and someone else on my flist [livejournal.com profile] pluvial_poetry! who did an amazing [locked] recs post that I can't find again turned me on to.

I...have not written original fiction since I discovered that other people made up fanfiction in their heads too and dove headfirst into Buffy fandom. That was when I was 17; ten years later (dear god) all of the hundreds of thousands of words I've written hasn't once been original fiction.

To say I find this challenge more intimidating that anything else I've signed up for would be an understatement. I feel so rusty at even the idea that you have to establish your characters' own backstories, that your readers aren't going to have a television show or book or film to do all the expository work for you.

People do it all the time, though, right? I bet a lot of you folks write original fiction. Any words of wisdom?

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We've somehow managed to score sunshine here, the first in what feels like a week or more. I cannot convey how miserable this summer has been, significantly more miserable than last year, which also had an awful overcast month of June. Sunshine is great. Sixty degrees when the blue skies are out is just maddening. I'm not saying I want 100 degree temps--you east coast US people can keep it and your humidity--but could we compromise on 70, maybe 80? The PNW has my heart, but it also has my SADs.

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